Gifts for Writers

December 19, 2013
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Gifts for writers can include things like fountain pens.

Expand your creativity with the Artist's Way?Gifts for writers can be a tricky thing as all of us have different likes and dislikes. But whether or not you are the writer putting together last minute ideas for others, or you are buying for a writer, here are some ideas. Writing References What is better than…

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RSS and Email Newsletter Changes

December 18, 2013
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As of a few minutes ago I have severed the BIW blog’s ties with the RSS at Feedburner. If you follow this blog’s RSS you will now have to do so from its original feed at www.book-in-a-week.com/feed. Feedburner will be redirecting but it is best to change the address as Feedburner can go down at…

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5 Things to Consider When Joining a Writing Group

December 15, 2013
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Finding the perfect writers’ group for yourself is like finding a pair of really good, comfortable shoes. You have to try a few pairs on before you find the perfect fit. You need to be discerning as not all writers’ groups are the same and they do not necessarily do what they say on the…

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A Haiku a Day

December 4, 2013
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A Haiku a Day

NaNoWriMo is a wonderful thing, but sometimes it is just too big. Even the pages of Book-in-a-Week can sometimes feel daunting. Fortunately, there are plenty of other, smaller scale, challenges that can make a huge difference to your writing. When I started my Master of Arts in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, one of…

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A Hole in the Market

December 1, 2013
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A Hole in the Market

Have you ever been itching to read something but you do not know exactly what it is that you want to read? It is one of those things that you will know when you see it. You walk into a bookstore or a library, spend a few hours browsing (ah heaven) but nothing you pick…

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Commitment to Writing

November 21, 2013
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Commitment to Writing

I struggle with my commitment to writing. When I worked as a journalist it was easier. I would walk through my day on the look out for good stories, for juicy tidbits, for possible leads, gather all those pieces and head to my desk for some mad writing. As a fiction writer, the habit of…

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What to Write

November 15, 2013
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In the beginning, the most difficult thing about writing can be what to write. Most writers tend to write what they love to read and reading exclusively in a certain genre makes them well-versed in that genre. Professional writers are usually more marketable if they stick to writing one genre, because when you are published…

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The Call

November 7, 2013
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The Call

It is the day all unpublished writers dream about and the day all published writers remember well. It is the day when you get a phone call from either an agent or a publisher telling you they want to publish your book. For a writer, it is a high-lighted moment. It is when you go…

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Scrivener Writing Software Review

October 31, 2013
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Scrivener Writing Software Review

Scrivener (pronounced in three syllables) Writing Software offers a neat way of solving the quantity vs. quality problem experienced by most NaNoWriMo participants. The volume of words produced inevitably leads to large sections that will never be worthy of publication. Scrivener’s “Dust Bin” file function lets you select offending text and save it to a…

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NaNoWriMo Writing Sins

October 23, 2013
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NaNoWriMo Writing Sins

November is just around the corner. In the writers world, that means NaNoWriMo. Yep, National Novel Writing Month, when a bunch of crazy writers decide this is the month they are going to write the novel that has been languishing about in their brains or hard drives. This is the month that writers take on…

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No Plot No Problem

October 19, 2013
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No Plot No Problem

Book Review As National Novel Writing Month approaches, you only have to browse on Amazon to see that the annual challenge has resulted in a host of guides for getting the most out of the month-long novel writing marathon. Many of them are valuable and interesting, but for me none will ever replace the original…

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